Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the narrative style and framing device established for My Brilliant Friend in the Prologue and first chapters. From whose perspective is the narrative related? Why is the narrative related by this character?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Lila and Elena in the novel. How are they alike? How do they differ? How do their differences influence the development of their friendship in the narrative?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss the setting where Lila and Elena grow up. What year is it when the narrative of their childhood begins? What is Naples like at this time? Where in Naples do Elena and Lila live?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the story of Donato Sarratore and Melina Cappuccio. What happened between these characters? How did the encounter between them influence their lives and reputations in the neighborhood?
Essay Topic 5
Describe and discuss Lila's behavior...
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